According to the reports reaching us from our sources, Acer had teased the release of a new Chrome OS desktop back in the month of January at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). Two days ago, we received more pricing release information for the device. The Acer Chromebox CXI3 is now available for preorder at the price of about $300 ($297.99 to be exact) for the most basic model as reported by our sources.
From the information announced on the device at the CES, the device has three Intel Core processor options: the Intel Celeron 3865U, Intel Core i3 (seventh-gen) 7130U, or the Intel Core i5 (eighth-gen) 8250U. The basic version has 4GB of RAM, but if you want, you can select up to 16GB of RAM. The cost of the eighth-gen Intel Core version is $744.99.
The cheapest appears to be the CXI3-4GKM which is powered by Intel’s Celeron 3865U CPU, 4GB of RAM and a 32GB solid state drive at the price of $280.
On the other end of the spectrum is the CXI3-I716GKM, a stout little machine packing an eighth generation Intel Core i7 8550U processor, 16GB of RAM, a 64GB solid state drive and Intel UHD Graphics 620 for just shy of $730.
Other configurations include the CXI3-I38GKM with a Core i3, 8GB of RAM and 64GB of storage for around $450 and the CXI3-I58GKM with Intel’s Core i5, 8GB of RAM and 64GB of local storage space for $500. All models include three USB 3.1 ports, two USB 2.0 ports and one USB 3.1 Type-C port as well as a microSD card slot and a Kensington lock slot. Systems also include a vertical stand, a VESA mounting kit and a wireless antenna.
The Acer Chromebox CXI3 is available for preorder from NextWarehouse and TigerDirect at present, other sites will soon follow. For TigerDirect, the price of the Chromebox is at a lower of amount of $297.99 and it charges $10 for shipping and is at the moment out of stock. NextWarehouse on the other hand, charges $308.53 for the basic version and shipping is free.